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DIS POEM
Mutabaruka

dis poem
shall speak of the wretched sea
that washed ships to these shores
of mothers cryin for their young
swallowed up by the sea.
dis poem shall say nothin new.
dis poem shall speak of time
time unlimited time undefined.
dis poem shall call names
names like lumumba, kenyatta, nkrumah, hannibal, akenaton, malcolm, garvey, haile selassie.
dis poem is vexed about apartheid, racism, fascism, the klu klux klan riots in brixton atlanta jim jones.
dis poem is revoltin against 1st world, 2nd world, 3rd world division man made decision.
dis poem is like all the rest.
dis poem will not be amongst great literary works, will not be recited by poetry enthusiasts, will not be quoted by politicians nor men of religion.
dis poem is knives, bombs, guns, blood fire blazin for freedom.
yes dis poem is a drum, ashanti maumau, ibo, yoruba, nyahbingi warriors uhuru uhuru.
uhuru namibia
uhuru soweto
uhuru afrika
dis poem will not change things
dis poem need to be changed
dis poem is a rebirth of a people
arizin awaking understandin
dis poem speak is speakin have spoken.
dis poem shall continue even when poets have stopped writing.
dis poem shall survive u me it shall linger in history, in your mind, in time forever.
dis poem is time, only time will tell.
dis poem is still not written.
dis poem has no poet.
dis poem is just a part of the story
his-story, her-story, our-story the story still untold.
dis poem is now ringin, talkin, irritatin, makin u want to stop it.
but dis poem will not stop.
dis poem is long cannot be short
dis poem cannot be tamed, cannot be blamed.
the story is still not told about dis poem.
dis poem is old new
dis poem was copied from the bible your prayer book, playboy magazine the n.y. times, readers digest
the c.i.a files, the k.g.b files.
dis poem is no secret
dis poem shall be called boring, stupid, senseless.
dis poem is watchin u tryin to make sense from dis poem
dis poem is messin up your brains
makin u want to stop listenin to dis poem
but u shall not stop listenin to dis poem
u need to know what will be said next in dis poem
dis poem shall disappoint u
because
dis poem is to be continued in your mind in your mind
in your mind your mind...

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